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First published May 7, 2003

From Baghdad to Haiti, so goes the war against murderous tyrants


At a time when Haitians should be seriously questioning themselves as to the reasons why after two hundred years of so-called independence from France still Haiti continues to know only totalitarian dictatorship, dehumanizing poverty and many more of the same nature and gravity - a true effort to help transport the nation to democracy and an acceptable quality of life - but unfortunately, a large number of them are making a fool of themselves by celebrating, and proudly so, they say, a so-called 200th anniversary of Haiti's flag next week, and sadly, less than nine months from now, Haiti's bi-centenary. 

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The United States' war against murderous tyrants is not complete. It has long been clear that Haiti's de facto regime, if not necessarily tin-pot totalitarian dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is as cruel as Saddam Hussein was. Sure must President George W. Bush now further stake his political future on the adventure ending right, with the consignment to the archives of history a murderous dictator, right in the U.S. own backyard.

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The faces of evil - From left to right, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Saddam Hussein. Only Aristide does not have a mustache, but sure he has his necklace, which has been long used to exterminate, and ferociously so, even presumed political opponents (More relevant photos / Amnesty International Report 2003).

In truth, there are reasons for so. And they are numerous, as the scale of atrocities practised by the tyrant suggests. 

The past three years or so well publicized political murders, among many others, in the dirt-poor Caribbean nation of Haiti were those of Jean Léopold Dominique, a revered radio journalist and political commentator, whom more than ten fatal shots were pumped into his small body, in the early morning of April 3, 2000, in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Yet, Brignol Lindor, a young provincial radio journalist was hacked to death, on Dec. 3, 2001, in the l'Acul district, near the provincial city of Petit-Goâve, 30 miles west of of Port-au-Prince.

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Some of tin-pot vicious tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Haitian victims: From left to right, an assumed male political opponent burned alive after he was severely beaten; Michel Montas says a final goodbye to her brutally assassinated husband, Jean Léopold Dominique; and, Brignol Lindor, the young radio journalist hacked to death

Horrific though these crimes were, so far the murderers, including their intellectual authors, of Dominique and Lindor have yet to be taken out of the circulation and charged with the crimes.

As the virtual impunity that the perpetrators - government paid thieves, drug dealers, rapists, and many more of the same nature - of the odious crimes continue to enjoy might suggest, at the time they were all and, still are they members of Lavalas (Flood), the political party, or the party of Satan, of Haiti's uncommonly vicious tyrant, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Secure in the knowledge that since they were simply the hit-men for Haiti's madman and psychopath, Aristide, as his often erratic behavior suggests, and that they will never face the bar of justice for their crimes, now are the same murderous criminals and newly hired ones, commonly known as Chimères (After the firebreathing monsters in Greek mythology), vowing to add another longtime and prominent Haitian radio journalist, Lillianne Pierre-Paul, to their long list of victims. 

The history behind the murderous bandits' latest death threats tells of a Ms. Pierre-Paul, the owner of Haiti's Radio Kiskeya, who has vehemently refused to join bestial Aristide in his recently launched campaign to extort $21.7 billion (reparations?) from France, "a rapacious, racist and criminal Western European nation," theatrically said Aristide, "that must pay Haiti, one of its former colonies, for subjecting Haitians' forefathers to slavery, and for centuries so," in an April 7 speech, marking the 200th anniversary of Haiti's independence precursor, François Dominique Toussaint Louverture.

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Two of Jean-Bertrand Aristide victims, Aristide's opulent life: From left to right, Lilianne Pierre-Paul, the longtime prominent radio journalist who has been told by proxy by hell-sent totalitarian dictator Aristide 'her days are numbered,' unless she reverses course; a little girl, whose daily life is defined by the abject poverty she experiences, contrary to the opulent life enjoyed by bestial and pre-historic dictator Aristide, as one of his many helicopters and fleet of ultra-luxurious SUVs, right, suggest.

More importantly, "for forcing Haiti to pay an agreed 90 million gold Francs, long before its January 1, 1804 proclamation of independence was ultimately recognized, in 1838," dictator Aristide accentuated, punctuated by shoots of "France, you owe us, and pay right now," during the April 7 de facto government choreographed mass demonstration, giving many the impression that he was, rather, putting on an almost imperial show of power, he had the military capability to attack France and ultimately force it to come to terms.

There were songs of protest, including an almost rendition of Haiti's proclamation of independence that promptly brought the de facto government window-dressing neo-revolutionaries and assassins to their feet with fists raised.   

Declaration of Haiti's Independence from France
haiti liberte ou la mort

To see how they (the bandits) meant business, that they were not simply playing with her mind, in the envelope containing the April 30 death threat letter, ordering Ms. Pierre-Paul to reverse course, no later than May 6, they specified, also was a hunting riffle bullet.  

By the contents of the bandits' death threat letter, they will, too, destroy, and ferociously so, the bodies of French citizens residing in Haiti unless France writes a big check, and within days so.   

Like Saddam Hussein has been referred to as a murderous tyrant, because he killed an incalculable number of his fellow Iraqi citizens and others, is such a characterization applies to Aristide, who has burnt alive, defrauded and kidnapped thousands of his fellow Haitian compatriots.     

Millions of other Haitians, mostly the vast majority of poor men and women, hell-sent dictator Aristide long claims to be the champion, though they have yet to meet a brutal end, but abject poverty continues to define their daily lives, as the dictator, who was born in a mud hut, and his large number of partners in crime, continue to enrich themselves and lavish millions of narco-dollars on ostentatious displays of status - private helicopters, luxury homes and states      

Certainly, killing of say, Haitians, and brutally so, may soon not be the only province of dictator Aristide. The best way to understand this as the ferocious dictator sinks into grandiose illusions, that he shares some personality features with Stalin, too, for example, he must do more than repeatedly throwing rhetorical hand grenades at the United States, especially President George W. Bush, whom he has accused of blocking foreign aid money for Haiti, his cruel and sadistic behavior may also be expressed against American citizens residing in Haiti.     

In 1991, Aristide prided himself in the philosophy of juche, or self-reliance. Ironically, today the man who seems unable to understand donors' fatigue with him and his corrupt de facto regime continues to be confident he will again milk the international community, which since his return to the office of the presidency, in 1994, after three years in exile, in Washington, D.C., the imperialist capital, as he used to call it, has, globally, lent more than U.S.$2 billion, including more than U.S.$200 million in French aid, mainly to his first and current governments, de facto though the latter may be.  

Yes, the epitaph of Saddam Hussein and his long reign of terror has been sung. But the trust of the world will further come to believe that the remaining dictators must begin to understand the need to commence conforming their behavior, that is playing by the international democratic rules, only after the United States ceases to turn a blind eye on the barbarous acts of a little Caribbean de facto regime, long known to be deeply trafficking in narcotics, with the United States as one of its major markets, will Haitians be delivered from terror: Government sponsored killings have stopped; murderous gangsters, hiding under the cover of members of popular organizations, who, too, run their own, but paralleled criminal networks and murdering, add raping, become history.

And, so will clandestine voyages in perilous waters to Florida from Haiti cease to be orchestrated, hopefully, with the intent of forcing the United States' hands to give the dictator millions of dollars, in foreign aid.    

One final note: Booting out Caribbean Adolf Hitler's surrogate dictator, Aristide, will be the happy side-effect for United States' citizens and residents alike, add other nations' ones, who long have been led to believe their hard earned tax moneys have been used to aid the destitute Haitians, but sadly abetting murders - once again attested dictator Aristide this week, with the assassination of two young Protestant ministers highly critical of his brutal rule.   

Yves A. Isidor, who teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, is spokesperson for We Haitians United We Stand For Democracy and executive editor of                                               , the scholarly journal of democracy and human rights
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